Feb. 7, 2013 Photo Gallery
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University men's soccer head coach Louis Bennett has announced the Golden Eagles' 2013 recruiting class, which has already been ranked the No. 13 recruiting class in NCAA Division I, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
The eight newcomers, who were announced Thursday, will join the squad later this summer, alongside recent additions Louis Bennett II, a fellow 2013 recruit who enrolled at MU in January, and transfers Brady Wahl (Ohio State) and David Selvaggi (DePaul).
Signing National Letters of Intent or MU acceptance of admission letters this week were prep stars: Jose "Coco" Navarro, Jake Taylor, Daniel Szczepanek, Kyle Gress, Nick Parianos, Jack Alberts, Driton Zyteja and Alex McBride.
2013 Recruiting Class
Jose Coco Navarro | Midfielder | Inglewood, Calif.
? Highest-ranked (No. 38 - TopDrawerSoccer.com) recruit in history of MU soccer.
? Dynamic attacking midfielder for Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy.
? Represented RSL-Arizona this past summer at the MLS Generation adidas Cup in Seattle, Wash.
Jake Taylor | Defender | Whitefish Bay, Wis.
? First defender to be named Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year since 2005.
? NSCAA All-American, all-state and two-time North Shore Conference Player of the Year.
? Trained with Bundesliga (Germany) club Bayern Leverkusen and locally with Bavarian Soccer Club.
Daniel Szczepanek | Midfielder | Grayslake, Ill.
? Illinois Player of the Year (IHSSCA).
? NSCAA All-American, all-state and all-area.
? Started 106 matches at Warren Township High School, winning a state title in 2012.
? Two-time captain of ODP Midwest Regional side.
Kyle Gress | Goalkeeper | Overland Park, Kan.
? NSCAA All-American and all-state keeper at Saint Thomas Aquinas.
? Named Eastern Kansas League Goalkeeper of the Year three consecutive years (2010, 2011, 2012).
? Three-year starter and two-year captain at Saint Thomas Aquinas; also starred with Billy Goat FC.
Nick Parianos | Forward | Akron, Ohio
? Star forward at Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) and Columbus Crew Soccer Academy.
? Began playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in seventh grade; was a recent invite the national team's camp in Boston.
Jack Alberts | Defender/Midfielder | Hinsdale, Ill.
? First team all-state, captain and leading scorer at Fenwick High School.
? Named Chicago Catholic League Most Valuable Player (2012).
? Helped Fenwich win league title in 2012 and three straight regional championships.
Driton Zyteja | Defensive Midfielder | Sun Prairie, Wis.
? Four-year starter at Sun Prairie High School and one of the team's top scoring threats at his defensive midfield position.
? Invited to U-14 ODP national team camp; also served as captain of ODP Wisconsin.
? Captain when Madison FC won the 2010 state cup and also served as captain most recently at FC Milwaukee.
Alex McBride | Midfielder | Milwaukee, Wis.
? NSCAA All-American and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Area Player of the Year.
? With 19 goals and 15 assists, helped Marquette University High School win its third consecutive state championship in 2012.
? MUHS was 69-9 in McBride's three seasons in the midfield and out-scored opponents 107-14 this past fall.